Dr. Robert Clinton Young was born in Barton Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario on the 29th of July, 1850. He was the 3rd of 7 children born to Alexander Young and the former Hannah Kirkendall. His siblings were; James, George, Harriett, Alex, Peter and Miles and his parents were farmers. His grandfather James F. Young was one of the first settlers in the Hamilton area.
Dr. Young was educated in local Hamilton primary schools before moving on to Montreal to study medicine. He graduated M.D. from McGill University in 1873. The topic of his graduation thesis was Erysipelas. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Young joined the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 28th of April, 1873. Dr. Young interned at Hamilton City Hospital then set up his practice in Ridgetown. He is listed in the 1875 and 1880 Kent County Business Directories as practicing medicine in Ridgetown. He also appears in the November 15th, 1877 edition of the East Kent Plaindealer.
Dr. Young was appointed as a coroner in 1879. He received his medical licence in the State of Illinois in 1899.
Dr. Young married Martha Ellen Mattice on the 14th of October, 1879 in Ridgetown. She was born in Seneca Twp, Haldimand County on the 7th of March 1856, the 3rd of 7 children born to Reuben Mattice and the former Mary Jane Hunter. Her siblings were; John, Mary Ann, William, Matilda, Anna and Walter. At the time of her marriage her parents were farmers in Harwich Twp (Kent County).
Dr. Young was active in his community of Ridgetown. He served on the Library Board for many years, serving terms as Chairman. He was a Trustee at the Ridgetown High School. Dr. Young was a member of Town Council and he was elected Mayor in 1887. He was made a Director of the Howard Township Agricultural Society. Dr. Young was a member of the International Order Of Foresters and he was a member of the Medical Board of the High Court for more than 23 years. He was a member and served as Master of the Howard Lodge No. 391 of the A.F. & A.M. He was a companion of the Erie Lodge No. 73. Dr. Young also belonged to the Ridgetown Lodge No 144 of the I.O.O.F. and he served for 23 years on the Medical Board of the high court of the Canadian Order of Foresters.
Dr. and Mrs. Young, built a home at 50 Main Street in Ridgetown in 1883. Dr. and Mrs. Young had one son, Clinton Mattice Young who was born on the 23rd of November 1884, in Ridgetown.
Dr. and Mrs. Young owned a summer residence in Erieau. The family enjoyed fishing, boating and swimming in the lake with family and friends.
Dr. and Mrs. Young, along with their son Clinton, moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1908. According to the 1910 census, the Young family was residing at 386 2nd Avenue. Dr. Young died in Detroit, Michigan on the 22nd of November, 1913. At the time of his death, he resided at 283 Merrick Street in Detroit. He was buried at Woodmere Cemetery, in Detroit. Mrs. Young died in Detroit, Michigan on the 30th of June, 1944.
*His son Clinton Young served during World War I and World War II. When Clinton Young enlisted in World War II he was 57 years old. He died in 1954.
The photo below is of the home that Dr. Young had built for his family in 1883. The home is located at 50 Main Street in Ridgetown and Dr. Young lived there until his move to Michigan in 1908.